Want-song is salt. Flamenco cante—salt. Sea chantey—salt. Rihanna—salt.

She serenades me. Weeps, bleeds, sweats. Need seeps free in her melody.

Sings wishes. Whispers silver. Stinging pity. Crimson mists. Lip crisp.

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Tom Riordan lives in New Jersey. He’s a retired restaurant worker and teacher, and dreams about becoming pope for his next career.

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